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June 23 - 25, 2017

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Join us for the 10th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Conference! Every year, practitioners of the Social Thinking Methodology from around the world come together to share ideas, expand their toolbox, and network. Discover new frameworks, strategies, and programs that are being developed across the globe and bring them back to your community! Note: Our Providers’ Conference is not for beginners - it’s intended for those who are well-versed in the methodology and would like to expand their skill set.

This year’s theme: Social Competencies, Not Social Skills
These terms mean different things, and how you define them likely impacts how you teach. At Social Thinking we work to improve social competencies, not social skills. Join us to learn more!

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We are proud to be one of the only companies in education that feeds both your mind and body. Each day of the conference, enjoy a delicious full lunch complete with bottomless coffee and tea - on the house! Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. For additional dietary allergies or restrictions, please plan accordingly.

We also want to make sure you are getting the best deal possible for your budget and are happy to provide you with Early Bird and Team Discount Rates.

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  • Conference Location

  • South SF Conference Center
  • 255 S. Airport Blvd.
  • South San Francisco, CA 94080
  • Hotel Location

  • Holiday Inn
  • 275 South Airport Blvd.
  • South San Francisco, CA 94080
  • General Schedule

  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Sign in, get name badge & folder
    8:30 am – 12:00 pm: Conference
    12:00 pm – 12:50 pm: Lunch Provided
    12:50 pm – 3:45 pm: Conference

     

    Schedule, Abstracts and Bios

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Friday June 23

Providers Conference

Day 1 of Providers Conference ( All Ages )

Keynote Speaker:

 

Dr. Carol Westby, CCC-SLP is a consultant for Bilingual Multicultural Services in Albuquerque, NM, an affiliated professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, and has received the Honors of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She has published and presented nationally and internationally on theory of mind, language-literacy relationships, narrative/expository development and facilitation, assessment and facilitation of written language, and issues in assessment and intervention with culturally/linguistically diverse populations.

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Telling Tales: The Interactive Roles of Fictional and Personal Stories in Social-Emotional Development and Communication  

Dr. Carol Westby, CCC-SLP, Brigham Young University

 

Increasing attention has been given to the importance of personal narratives, particularly those triggered by autobiographical memories and integrated into life stories. Such personal narratives and life stories are associated with the development of a sense of identity, self-regulation, and social problem solving. From their emergence at the end of the preschool years through adulthood, autobiographical memories provide the foundation for relating personal narratives of individual experiences. Those with ASD and related disabilities exhibit greater difficulty with personal than fictional narratives.

In this session, the role of personal event narratives and life stories in the development of self-identity and self-regulation will be explained. The literature on development and assessment of personal narratives will be reviewed and strategies to promote development of personal event narratives and life stories will be described and demonstrated.

 

Participants will be able to:

Telling Tales: The Interactive Roles of Fictional and Personal Stories in Social-Emotional Development and Communication  

Dr. Carol Westby, CCC-SLP, Brigham Young University

 
  1. Participants will be able to explain the role of personal narratives in social-emotional development, sense of identity, and self-regulation.
  2. Participants will be able to assess students’ personal event narratives and life stories.
  3. Participants will be able to implement strategies to facilitate students’ development of coherent person event narratives and life stories.
STPC 2017 Friday Schedule

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

See Continuing Education Information at the bottom of this page for the complete listing of our partner programs.

Saturday June 24

Providers Conference

Day 2 of Providers Conference: Full Day of Keynotes ( All Ages )

Keynote Speakers: 

 

Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Founder/CEO of Architects For Learning, where she trains educators,consults with schools world-wide and directs a staff in the Boston area that provides academic intervention, assessment, and consultation services. In partnership with Dr. Anthony Bashir, she developed EmPOWER™, a method for teaching expository writing, and Brain Frames®, graphic scaffolds for language, literacy, teaching, and learning. Her primary research and publications focus on the relationship between spoken and written language, cognition, spatial processing, and self-regulated learning.


Patricia Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL
 is Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Prelock coordinates parent training programs designed for caregivers of children with autism spectrum. She has 159 publications and 500 peer-reviewed and invited presentations in the areas of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, collaboration, language assessment and intervention, and language learning disabilities.

Tiffany Hutchins, Ph.D. is the Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Vermont. She has developed and validated new measures of theory of mind that can be used in research and practice with typically developing children and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is currently investigating the efficacy of story-based interventions to remediate the core deficits of ASD and has recently established a new program of research to examine how individuals with ASD allocate visual attention when viewing face stimuli.

 

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP is the founder of Social Thinking and specializes in the treatment of individuals with social cognitive learning challenges. She is a senior therapist at the Social Thinking Center in San Jose, California, as well as a prolific writer and international speaker. Michelle helps educators, mental health professionals, and parents appreciate how social thinking and social skills are integral to a person’s success – be it in school, in relationships, in the community, or in his/her career. In 2008, Michelle was honored with a Congressional Recognition Award for her groundbreaking work. 

 

Pamela Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Social Thinking’s Chief Officer of Research and Clinical Services and the Director of the Social Thinking Training and Speakers Collaborative. She is also a clinician at the Social Thinking Center in California, where she has an active caseload of children, teens and adults. She is an international Social Thinking speaker and is the co-author (with Michelle Garcia Winner) of four award-winning Social Thinking books. Pamela has served on the clinical faculty of three universities, worked in the Arizona public schools for 15 years, and published a study on the effectiveness of using Social Thinking vocabulary in the schools.

 

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Supporting Executive Functions for Social Problem Solving: Make Thinking Visible  

Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Founder & CEO of Architects For Learning 

 

This presentation will examine the relationships between executive functions, language, and social thinking, with an eye toward how these systems support and constrain the ability to organize ourselves and solve social problems.  We will begin by exploring the growth trajectories of five core executive functions across the life span, considering their unique effects on learning.  Our attention will then turn to how graphic strategies called Brain Frames® can represent the organization of language for key aspects of problem solving: developing action plans and self-reflecting.  Using Garcia Winner’s (2016) framework for Solving Problems Before or After they Become Problems, we will use these visual strategies to develop action plans as well as foster hindsight and foresight for the purpose of social problem solving.  Participants will have ample opportunity for hands-on practice, allowing them to experience how these strategies can shape self-awareness and social thinking.

 

A Discussion on Supporting Executive Functions for Social Problem Solving  

Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Founder & CEO of Architects For Learning & Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder of Social Thinking 

 

No description available. 

 

Innovation in Theory of Mind Assessment and Treatment Planning for Individuals with Social Learning Challenges  

Dr. Patricia Prelock, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, University of Vermont & Dr. Tiffany Hutchins, University of Vermont

 

In this presentation, we briefly describe the nature and scope of Theory of Mind (ToM) and outline challenges to traditional assessment methods. A well-validated broadband measure of ToM that takes a novel, family-centered approach to assessment (i.e., The Theory of Mind Inventory-2) is explained. Additionally, the Theory of Mind Atlas (ToMA) will be introduced which is a resource that maps a wide range of ToM concepts. The ToMA offers up-to-date evidence-based summaries that describe the development of each ToM domain and how that domain may be disrupted in a variety of clinical conditions. Case examples using children with ASD are presented to demonstrate how to relate ToMI-2 results to ToMA content for guiding treatment planning that is developmentally-appropriate, evidence-based, and aligned with family’s priorities. Finally, we describe ongoing research that combines the use of the ToMI-2 with the Social Thinking eScale for identifying social-cognitive classifications within clinical conditions. We explore how the use of these tools in combination can help us think more deeply about how the child’s ToM may interact with social, cognitive, and academic characteristics that are clinically relevant for supporting success.

 

Melding Thoughts and Theories into Action: The Role of the Social Mind in Pathways for Treatment  

A panel discussion with Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder of Social Thinking & Pamela Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Social Thinking's Chief Officer of Research and Clinical Services with Dr. Patricia Prelock & Dr. Tiffany Hutchins

 

Understanding the different types of social learners and their minds has become a core emphasis of the work related to the Social Thinking (ST) Methodology. Over the years, we have developed and continue to refine iterations of the ST-Social Communication Profile (ST-SCP) (Winner, Crooke & Madrigal, 2008, 2017), including our most recent electronic version (ST eScale). This ongoing exploration has most recently led to our discovery of the work of Hutchins and Prelock (2014, 2016), whose groundbreaking insights into theory of mind led to the development of the Theory of Mind Inventory-2 (ToMI-2). While both tools are designed to take a deeper look at social cognition, the ToMI-2 is both a both a broad and granular measure with strong psychometric and research support, that explores social cognition through the lens of theory of mind. The ST-SCP explores practical aspects of every day functioning related to social cognition (e.g., social academic tasks, interpretation, social self-awareness, etc.). It seeks to create distinct typologies of social learning supported by recent research, extensive clinical experience, and client and family feedback. The ST-SCP has been shared with the clinical community and many have adopted it for use in treatment planning, but it does not yet have empirical support. During this session, Pam and Michelle will begin by describing the basics of our ST-SCP and then we will have a panel discussion with the authors of the TOMI-2. This panel, where east meets west, will discuss using technology, innovation, and collaboration to understand and ultimately provide better avenues for treatment planning based on data regarding an individual’s social cognitive abilities.

Participants will be able to:

Supporting Executive Functions for Social Problem Solving: Make Thinking Visible  

Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Founder & CEO of Architects For Learning

 
  1. Participants will be able to explain how five core executive functions influence language, social thinking, and problem solving.
  2. Participants will be able to use a graphic strategy to develop a problem-solving action plan.
  3. Participants will be able to use a graphic strategy to visually represent the causes and effects of an event, opinion, or belief.

 

A Discussion on Supporting Executive Functions for Social Problem Solving  

Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Founder & CEO of Architects For Learning & Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder of Social Thinking 

 

 Objectives same as above.

 

Innovation in Theory of Mind Assessment and Treatment Planning for Individuals with Social Learning Challenges  

Dr. Patricia Prelock, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, University of Vermont & Dr. Tiffany Hutchins, University of Vermont

 
  1. Participants will be able to describe the challenges to traditional assessment of theory of mind.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the features of the Theory of Mind Inventory-2 (ToMI-2) that address the challenges of traditional theory of mind assessment.
  3. Participants will be able to describe two strategies for understanding a child’s theory of mind strengths and challenges using the output from the ToMI-2 report.

 

Melding Thoughts and Theories into Action: The Role of the Social Mind in Pathways for Treatment  

A panel discussion with Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder of Social Thinking & Pamela Crooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Social Thinking's Chief Officer of Research and Clinical Services with Dr. Patricia Prelock & Dr. Tiffany Hutchins

 
  1. Participants will be able to state the three similarities between the ToMI-2 and the ST-Social Communication Profile.
  2. Participants will be able to describe how awareness of an individuals’ current social cognitive abilities relates to treatment planning.
  3. Participants will be able to  describe how why the ST-SCP addresses longer term prognosis of students based on their social cognitive typology.
Providers Conference Saturday Schedule

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

See Continuing Education Information at the bottom of this page for the complete listing of our partner programs.

Sunday June 25

Providers Conference

Day 3 of Providers Conference ( All Ages )

Keynote Speakers: 

 

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP is the founder of Social Thinking and specializes in the treatment of individuals with social cognitive learning challenges. She is a senior therapist at the Social Thinking Center in San Jose, California, as well as a prolific writer and international speaker. Michelle helps educators, mental health professionals, and parents appreciate how social thinking and social skills are integral to a person’s success – be it in school, in relationships, in the community, or in his/her career. In 2008, Michelle was honored with a Congressional Recognition Award for her groundbreaking work.
 
Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP, Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, LLP is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and regularlypresents on the programs she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to over 500 public and private schools.

 
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Social Input and Output? What do these have to do with Treatment Planning and Measurement?  

Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder of Social Thinking

 

From a treatment perspective, a social skills program is only as good as the interventionist’s knowledge of how people learn and ultimately produce social skills. In this workshop, we will explore two mechanisms that are critical for developing social competencies: social input and social output. We will define these terms from a practical and developmental standpoint and then use this knowledge to guide participants in discovering the many social inputs required for generating informed and sophisticated output. Participants will use a visual tool (i.e., Social Thinking’s Social Competency Model) to guide their journey in understanding the relationship of input/output to establishing everyday treatment priorities. We will also demonstrate the ways in which narrative data can track a student’s evolving abilities in their own social input and output. 


Thinking About You Thinking About FUTURE Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self  

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP, Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, LLP

 

Our executive function program teaches students to be a Mind MIME:  to mentally pre-simulate an experience to successfully achieve a future goal.  This episodic future thinking is essential for flexibility of actions and thoughts as it enables us to simulate an optimal future scenario and anticipate possible problems so we can pre-plan for and select possible courses of action.  At the core of Social Thinking is “Thinking about You and Thinking about Me” to teach students to consider the “thoughts, beliefs, intentions, emotions, knowledge and actions of another person along with the context of the situation to understand that person’s experience.”  Central to social executive functioning is “Thinking about Future Me” where one uses theory of mind to consider and make smart guesses about what their future selves would be doing, thinking, feeling and saying. Visualizing ‘future me’ enables us to compare ‘planned vs. actual’ so we can self-regulate and adapt in the moment as we experience glitches and distractions.  Many students with social thinking challenges struggle with self-projection, episodic scene construction and the ability to simulate future events.  Learn many practical strategies to teach students to: think socially about ‘future me’, visually construct a future scene, mentally time travel, use prospective motor planning, and create future narratives. 
 

Participants will be able to:

Social Input and Output? What Do these Have to Do With Treatment Planning and Measurement?  

Michelle Garcia Winner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder of Social Thinking

     

  1. Participants will be able to define the term social input and provide three examples.
  2. Participants will be able to define the term social output and describe the three different social output pathways.
  3. Participants will be able to describe how narrative data can be utilized as a method for tracking progress in both social input and output.

 

Thinking About You Thinking About FUTURE Me: Executive Function and Visualizing the Future Self  

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP, Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, LLP

     

  1. Participants will be able to state the 4 features of situational intelligence and the 4 features of mimetic ideational information processing that are the foundational executive function skills.
  2. Participants will be able to summarize why individuals with ASD may struggle with episodic thinking, self-projection, scene construction and the ability to simulate future events.
  3. Participants will be able to list 4 therapeutic interventions techniques to teach a student how to create a mental visual and motor image of the future and sustain this forethought in working memory as a mental anchor while they carry out a task they pre-imagined.
     
STPC 2017 Sunday Schedule

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.

We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:

  • ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
  • NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
  • And more!

See Continuing Education Information at the bottom of this page for the complete listing of our partner programs.

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Continuing Education Available for Professionals

At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost. Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.

We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.
 

State of California

Michelle G Winner is an approved Continuing Education Provider for State of California SLPs (PDP 54), MFTs and LCSWs (PCE 1782) (6 hours per day).

 

Canada

SLPs & OTs: Each attendee will receive a Certificate of Attendance and Agenda for each course as proof of participation. Earn 6 CEEs per course!

 

 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

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Each course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

 

ASHA credits will be available to Speech Language Pathologists interested in receiving and maintaining their continuing education hours through ASHA. All SLPs enrolling in ASHA CEUs will need to bring their ASHA number with them to include on their CEU registration form. Signing in & out and filling out a registration form is required for each day you attend the conference.

 

 

Commonwealth Educational Seminars

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Continuing Education Units for Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, Clinical and School Psychologists are provided.  States that are covered are listed below.  Some states have exceptions and these are noted as well.

 

Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB, 400 South Ridge Parkway, Ste B, Culpepper, VA 22701) www.aswb.org

 

Social workers should contact their regulatory board determine course approval. Social workers receive 6 continuing education clock hours participating in this course for each workshop day. 

 

Marriage and Family Therapists: The following marriage and family therapy boards accept programs offered by NBCC, ASWB or APA approved providers (of which CES is approved): AL, AR, AZ, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, ME, MN, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, OK, OR, PA, RI, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA AND WI. In addition, CES is approved for CA MFTs. Marriage and family therapists receive 6 CE hours credit for each workshop day.

 

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program. Psychologists completing this program earn 6 continuing education hours of credit. 

 

 

NBCC Credit: Certified Counselors

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Certified Counselors receive 6 clock hours for each conference day toward NBCC credit. Social Thinking, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6685. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Social Thinking, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

 

 

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